Airedale Terrier Dog Breed

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Airedale Terrier Dog Breed

About the Airedale Terrier Dog Breed

The Airedale Terrier was bred originally to hunt small game, but was later improved upon and made to be larger and more robust in order to hunt larger game. More notable in the modern era, the Airedale Terrier has been used on police forces and in the military.

Airedale Terrier Physical Characteristics

The Airedale Terrier is a large and robust dog with muscular build and great strength. Its head is long and pointy and its eyes are small and round. The Airedale’s most recognizable feature, however, is its beard, which can be bushy or well kept depending on how often it is groomed.


The Airedale is black and tan.


Medium to short thick wiry coats.

Airedale Terrier Personality and Temperament

Activity Level



The Airedale Terrier is good with children and loves to play. Due to its bravery, it also makes for an excellent watchdog.

Things to Consider

The Airedale Terrier is known to be stubborn and have an affinity for chasing smaller animals. Therefore, proper training is essential.

Airedale Terrier Care

Ideal Living Conditions

The Airedale Terrier will fare well in the country or the city, although an apartment situation would not be ideal.

Special Requirements

Airedales do better with older children.

Airedale Terrier Health

Dry skin and some eye problems are conditions are commonly seen in Airedale Terriers.

Airedale Terrier History and Background

The Airedale Terrier or “King of Terriers” is the tallest of the terriers. Thought to have originated from the Black and Tan Terrier or English Terrier, the medium-sized Airedale was bred by hunters in Yorkshire to hunt small game such as fox and water rat. The dogs were also good at retrieving and finding birds.

In the mid-19th century, some terriers near South Yorkshire’s River Aire were interbred with Otterhounds to enhance their scenting ability and hunting skills around water. This attempt resulted in bred known as the Waterside Terrier or Bingley, which was an expert in otter hunting. It was, however, only in 1878 that the breed was accepted as the Airedale Terrier.

After becoming a show dog, it was crossed with Bull and Irish Terriers, to remove the traits of the Otterhound cross that was not very popular.

By the 20th century, Champion Master Briar, the breed’s patriarch, popularized the dog and his child achieved the same outcome in the U.S. The hunting ability and the size of the Airedale helped the dog become renowned as a big game hunter. The dog has also become a good family pet and a police dog for its manners and smart looks. The period after World War I saw a decline in the dog’s popularity, but today many dog fanciers are fond of the Airedale Terrier.

Airedale Terrier National Clubs and/or Organizations

Airedale Terrier Club of America
1897 S Tulane Rd
Hernando, MS 38632

Airedale Terrier Fun Fact(s)

The Airedale Terrier is known as the “King of Terriers”.

By: Chewy Editorial


By: Chewy EditorialPublished:

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